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Martin Barr
Martin  Barr

Hometown:
Skokie, Ill.

High School:
Niles North

Event:
Cross Country/Distance

Birthdate:
02/02/1998

Experience:
So./Fr.

On Barr: Will make his official collegiate debut this season after redshirting the 2016-17 campaign ... Talented distance runner who will work to help the team in cross country and in the longer distance events on the track ... Should continue to make progress as he gains experience.

2018 Indoor: Registered personal best times in both the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters during the season, and scored in each event at the BIG EAST Championships ... Tallied a time of 8:05.83 in the 3000 meters while racing in the fastest heat of the race at the Columbia Challenge ... Also recorded a time of 14:04.14 in the 5000 meters in an 11th place finish at the Iowa State Classic ... Came in fourth in the 5000 meters with a time of 14:28.39, and was eighth in the 3000 meters in 8:21.73 at the BIG EAST meet ... Opened the season by finishing eighth in the 3000 meters (8:22.77) at the Nittany Lion Challenge.

2017 Cross Country: Came on strong during the season and earned Mid-Atlantic All-Region honors ... Finished among the Wildcats top five scorers in three of his five starts, including at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Finished in 21st place at the regional meet to earn all-region honors (top-25 individual finish) and posted a time of 30:53.7 over 10,000 meters ... Also notched a 21st place finish with a time of 25:34.0 over 8,000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... His top time for an 8K race was 24:45.6 at the Paul Short Run, where he was the third Villanova runner across the finish line ... Opened the season at the Main Line Invitational and recorded a time of 20:46.8 over four miles ... Came in 46th overall at the Penn State National Open with a time of 26:25.5 over 5.2 miles.

2017 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Ran a pair of unattached races in the 5000 meters ... The better of his two times was 15:09.98 at the Sam Howell Invitational ... Also posted a time of 15:18.17 at the Larry Ellis Invitational.

2016-17 Indoor: Redshirted ... Ran as an unattached runner at both the Villanova Open and the Villanova Invitational ... Came in fourth in the 5000 meters with a time of 14:53.43 at the first home meet, and finished seventh in the 3000 meters in 8:24.44 at the second home meet ... Both times were personal bests.

2016 Cross Country:
Redshirted ... Competed four times as an unattached runner at local meets ... Finished with a time of 19:47.1 over 6000 meters at the Big 5 Invitational ... Registered times of 20:11.5 and 21:08.5, respectively, at the Main Line Invitational and the Haverford Invitational on the four mile Alumni Course at Haverford College ... Posted a time of 25:20 over 8000 meters in the open race at the Paul Short Run.

Niles North:
Earned three varsity letters each in indoor and outdoor track & field, as well as cross country ... Specialized in running the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters on the track, and is the school record holder in the 3200 meters both indoors and outdoors ... As a senior was the Loyola Sectional champion and the Illinois Prep Top Times champion in the 3200 meters ... Also was the Central Suburban League North champion at both 1600 meters and 3200 meters ... Earned all-state honors in track & field as a senior ... Two-time honoree on the CSL North All-Conference teams in both cross country and track & field ... Was named his team's MVP in all three seasons as a senior ... Previously was named the track & field team's Most Improved Athlete as a sophomore ... Recipient of the school's Iron Viking Award for participating in three sports all four years of high school ... Named an AP Scholar with Distinction ... Earned academic all-conference honors in both cross country and track & field ... Winner of the U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award and the Dan Horyn Memorial Scholarship ... Member of the French National Honor Society.

Personal: Born 2/2/98 ... Youngest of four children of Glenn and Karen Barr ... Siblings are Colleen (27), Rick (25) and Emmett (22) ... Brother, Emmett, is a ran on the cross country and track & field teams at Allegheny College ... Enjoys playing frisbee, ping pong, basketball and going running in his spare time ... Chose to attend Villanova for the combination of its rigorous academic programs and the historical prestige of the cross country and track & field teams ... Also noted the opportunity to train and work with elite coaches and teammates ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
3000 Meters                   8:05.83              2018 Columbia Challenge
5000 Meters 14:04.14 2018 Iowa State Classic
10000 Meters 30:48.27 2018 Penn Relays
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters                   19:47.1              2016 Big 5 Invitational
4 Miles 20:11.5 2016 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 24:45.6 2017 Paul Short Run
5.2 Miles 26:25.1 2017 Penn State National Open
10000 Meters 30:53.7 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (CROSS COUNTRY)
All-Mid Atlantic Region                            2017
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
5000 Meters                   4th                  2018 Indoor
3000 Meters 8th 2018 Indoor

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